Lecturer follows in footsteps of Sir Alex

Gary Brickley and David Stone
Gary Brickley and David Stone

Gary Brickley, senior lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne, has been awarded a Mussabini Medal at the Sports Coach UK awards.

The medal is in recognition of coaches who have helped athletes to outstanding success on the world stage.

Gary is coach to Great Britain paracyclists Sarah Storey OBE, David Stone MBE and Darren Kenny OBE, who won multiple gold medals at the Paralympics in Beijing and London 2012.

Sarah collected 22 medals including 11 golds in a 20-year career in cycling and swimming – making her Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian.

She was among 12 names on the shortlist for the BBC’s 2012 Sports Personality of the Year award which was won by Tour de France and Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins.

Dr Brickley, who was a guest at the BBC TV event, has joined the likes of Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Alex Ferguson and Duncan Fletcher to win the Mussabini Medal.

His was presented at a ceremony in London, attended by stars and dignitaries including London 2012 gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and Princess Anne.

Gary said, “It was quite a surprise to win the award but having coached Paralympic cyclists to five gold medals at the London Games and eight gold medals in Beijing it was a huge honour.

“I am incredibly proud to have coached athletes to gold medals at the past three Paralympic Games and will be looking forward to Rio in 2016.”

Another of Gary’s Paralympic gold medallists, Darren Kenny OBE, is an honorary graduate from the University of Brighton.

He will be appearing in BBC’s celebrity Mastermind which is scheduled for broadcast on January 2.